We are a pet free household, for the simple reason that the boys' eczema and asthma is bad enough without the extra strains that having a furry animal in the house would cause.
That's not to say that they wouldn't love to have a pet one day. Especially a dog.
Because of their love for dogs and the fact that they can't have one of their own just now, Auntie Anna's dog, Cuilean, became something of a surrogate pet for them. I've shared plenty of photos on here of the boys and Cuilean before.
Sadly, Cuilean got really sick really quickly. A little over a month ago he was a fit and healthy collie dog, who would take part in agility shows most weekends. Those weekends that he wasn't jumping over obstacles and winning rosettes he would be walking in the mountains with my sister in law.
Then suddenly he started having trouble with his back legs. The vets thought it was arthritis at first and prescribed some medication for him. Rather than get better he kept worsening and the vets weren't sure what was wrong. This week he was seen by a specialist team who discovered that he was suffering from a really aggressive bone cancer in his spine and the best thing to do would be to put him to sleep.
The boys were able to go round and see him one last time yesterday and say goodbye to their old friend.
They are a little down at the news today, especially Calum and David, but also a little eager to help Auntie Anna choose a new puppy when she feels she is ready to do so.